A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD from Wiltshire, who completed his cancer treatment earlier this year, has donated 155 advent calendars to hospitals in Salisbury and Southampton.

Finn Martin and his family collected the festive treats last month, which have now been donated to Sarum Ward and the spinal unit, both in Salisbury District Hospital.

The gifts were also shared across Piam Brown oncology ward, the children’s ward and the dementia ward at Southampton General Hospital.

Finn was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2015, and following the completion of his three-year chemotherapy treatment, he returned to the hospital’s Sarum Ward in February to ring the end of treatment bell, which his family helped install in 2018.

Him and his family now regularly visit both hospitals, offering gifts and food during special occasions.

Debbie, Finn's mother, said the family were "chuffed" with the success of the delivery, adding: "We did this last year as well. Our goal this year was to collect around 100 calendars and we managed to get 155!"

One advent calendar was given to a patient who had just come out of an operation, and calendars were also given to dementia patients, as it encourages them to eat and remember days of the week, the family added.

The advent calendars were donated to the cause by friends and family, and were also offered from supermarkets.

Debbie added: "It was so nice to just give a little something back to people to brighten their day, and it just relieves some of the boredom you can face in hospital.

"I'm so pleased we got to do this again this year."